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13 Apr 2012

Québec and Bavaria establish Plan Nord partnership

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/PM_MRI_Bresil2012_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/"> Front row: Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer and Premier Jean Charest. Back row: Bavarian Minister of Federal and European Affairs Emilia Müller and Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay. </span>

Taking advantage of their presence at the 6th Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions, which was held from April 11 to 13 in São Paulo, Brazil, Québec Premier Jean Charest and his counterpart, Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer, signed a Joint Declaration on joint initiatives related to the Plan Nord.

The Declaration paves the way for increased cooperation between the two partner regions, especially in the following sectors:

  • Exploitation
  • Processing and enhancing the value of raw materials
  • Transportation
  • Renewable energies
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Development of cutting edge technologies

Premier Charest said, “I am particularly pleased with this Declaration, on the one hand because it involves federated member states of the partner regions and, on the other, because it once again confirms international interest in the Plan Nord.”

The Plan Nord is one of the largest sustainable development projects in Québec’s history. It will take 25 years to implement and, during this period, will attract investments in excess of $80 billion.

The Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions is an innovative initiative aimed at responding to the many challenges facing participating regional governments and federated entities. The seven heads of government meet every two years and represent the regions of Bavaria, the Western Cape, Georgia (USA), Upper Austria, Québec, São Paulo and Shandong.

Premier Jean Charest
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